What’s happening: the mawazine music festival continued in rabat, morocco. The stars all came out, again, for the beirut international awards festival in zaytana bay, beirut, lebanon. and most importantly, ramadan started on the 18th!
Fashionista of the week: there’s two! Douja Hijazi ruled the scene at the BIAF Awards, while Dunia Batma stole the street-style looks.
Trends: red-carpet glamour; flower appliques and haute couture jumpsuits
Designer Douja Hijazi This dress should be happening now, happening tomorrow and happening every day on every red carpet after that. Douja looks drop-dead gorgeous, sultry and thoroughly modern without any of that modern minimalism. It’s too bad Basil Soda has passed on (RIP) because this is one unique dress, from the shape to the color. The slightly platform white heels are achingly hip.
TV Host Sacha Dahdouh
Another totally unique and modern-without-being-minimalist gown. Peplums might be done, and this one might seem too over-the-top, but that’s what brings this to a whole other level. That, plus the flower appliques that start on the bust and stop just at Sacha’s derriere, peplum be damned. WORK IT!
This haute couture jumpsuit is the BOMB. It easily beats many of the gowns at the BIAF red carpet. But my question for Dalida is this: is the jumpsuit completely see-through??
Reporter Dana Halabi
God save us: this takes my breath away. Actresses and singers are crying at the fact that a mere reporter easily outshone them at a red carpet event. From the flower appliques and vines crawling up the gown to the gorgeous teal shade and skirt overlay, I am blown away by this. Bravo, Dana!
Models Romy and Rina Chibany WHO WORE IT BETTER? I think Romy did: that iced-teal color, skirt overlay and loose strands of hair pulled free from her bouncy ponytail just beat out Rina’s nude pink color and slick ponytail.
Actress Dima Sadek
It kind of looks like Dina took up training for the Olympic games betwee the time she got fitted for the dres and the time she wore it: it’s way too loose on her. Then again, it’s stilk a pretty good take on a fancy toga.
Which one’s the mom and which one’s the daughter?? It’s hard to tell because they’re both so fresh-faced and gorgeous. And I love Christel’s discreet flower crown (yup, she’s the one with the more transparent dress).
Fashion model Chrystal
A little heavy handed on the makeup, but ana baheb this flapper dress. That whole unattached-skirt thing is clearly a trend right now and it bring’s Chrystal’s gown to the modern era.
Tv personality Annabella Hilali
There’s something vaguely mom-ish (but cute) about Annabella’s hair-do. Also, only a mom would decide to put that crazy nude netting on the bust of that dress in the mistaken belief that it makes it more modest; the ‘floating’ green neckline looks ridiculous.
Turkish Actress Hello Pelin
Hel-lo, Helo! If this is what they wear on Turkish television, then it might be worth the watch. The gown is pretty and certainly eye-catching, but it also looks like a tinsel-covered Christmas tree. Or a tinfoil-covered pinata.
TV personality Stephany Saliba
A new era of jumpsuits is upon us! Most redcarpet versions take on a 70s disco flair, but Stephany’s brings nothing but high-voltage glamour. If she wasn’t standing with the designer himself I would have thought Elie Saab had designed this; it rivals any gown at the BIAF.
Singer Nancy Ajram
Actress Christina Sawaya
Actress Soha Kikano
Soha selected the Samsung Selfie Bar as the site of her spring wedding shindig. CLEARLY.
Singer Nawal Kuwaitiya The ghost of Sabah is lurking behind Nawal, telling her that if she wants a long and illustrious career she should stop stealing tablecloths from Leprauchans and tying sad bows around them and calling it a red-carpet look.
Actress Ward Al-Khal
Someone on social media remarked that Ward’s gown looks like a melted candle. I completely agree; also, if you held a match near her face, I’m pretty sure it would melt like a candle because it, too, looks like it’s made out of wax.
Chaimae + Dunia = a match made in fashion heaven. This kaftan is what Barbie would have worn on a trip to Morocco in the 60s, stopping first in Tangiers to take an acid hit. It is just jaw-dropping.
I am saying it now: Dunia is definitely one of my MENA Fashion Icons. As the crown so fashionably states, Dunia is the MALIKA: this kaftan is pure gilded glamor, and I love that she tied the Moroccan flag around her like a cape.
Fashionista Ascia AKF and Beauty Contributor Rosemin Manji
Singer Myriam Fares
Actress Mariam Hussein in Marrakech, Morocco
Three cheers and a cannon blast for Mariam’s glamorous kaftan with that daringly sexy neckline. I want to strut around the El Badie Palace ruins in this, smirking like Mariam because I know how beautiful I look.
Fashion blogger Hadia Ghaleb in Cairo, Egypt
Hadia’s got her beloved clear-pump heels on (which I love) and another highly unique look which I’ve come to expect from this Cairene fashionista. ‘Modernized Indian’ is a style I want to see more of, it’s glamorous but casual and rad!
Stephany Saliba at MTV studios, Beirut, Lebanon
Do the presenters on American MTV ever look this fashionable and beautiful? Do we even have presenters on American MTV still? If not, we need to get Stephany and her style over here ASAP: this dress is gorgeous in so many ways.
Reality Tv star Serene Assad
Forget her more-famous friends and their fun kitsch glam: Serene does cool, slightly off-beat boho-kitsch that makes her one to watch. J’adore that star blouse paired with those pajama-style pants, heels and that Karl clutch. None of it seems to work and yet it all works.
For once Yara appears here in an off-duty look! (In case you haven’t been following her, she tends to dress pretty dully). The blue shoes + bag +accented-shirt combo could scream overkill, but it’s all so casual yet trendy that it seamlessly works.
Nancy Ajram performing at a Children’s Cancer benefit in Amman, Jordan (pictured with daughter Mila)
Singer Jannat Mahid performing at Future University
“I can’t hear you, my dress is too loud!” Jannat always has the best stage dresses: this is fun yet chic and the rainbow shoes were a great choice. We can hear you, Jannat!
Singer Ibtissam Tiskat performing at the Mawazine Music Festival in Rabat, Morocco
Standard prom/performance/presenter fare, but the glittery blue contrasts nicely with Ibtissam’s porcelain complexion and dark hair. She’s really glowing here.
Actress Dorra at a graduation event in Egypt This is the perfect little dress to wear to all your semi-formal summer events, if you’re an artist or a mom who wants it to look like her kids painted her dress for her (but secretly paid a fortune for a real artist to make it look like kids painted it).
Haifa Wehbe performing in Cypress
Haifa reached into her Breathing You In wardrobe for one of her endless glittery-nude-sequined jumpsuits. I’m not sure I really like this, partially because I dislike the fringe added around her ladyparts which, I’m assuming, is for extra ‘modesty.’
Our country colors are red, white and blue, Dana, not metallic seafoam green–but we forgive you, because this is one suit combo I would love to get my hands on. She looks like a former mermaid who can’t shake her fishy past, with that pailette top and mermaid hair.
Singer Elissa on The X Factor
Easily Elissa’s best look on The X Factor for the season. Elissa looks so pretty and faerie-like in this gown that even Ragheb can’t keep his hands off her.
Her Royal Highness should have stuck with Jordanian colors for her National Day outfit, because this brown and white combo is neither glamorous, chic or fresh. The odd proportions look wonky even on someone as beautiful as she, and it reads more matronly than modest.
This would have been SUCH a win for Donia if only the hem was half a foot shorter! Sadly she got upstaged by Elissa for the show’s final episode, although the competition was definitely fierce.
Viviane is really a 1980s-era Barbie doll in the flesh: she’s wearing a hotpink mini dress for a not-so-casual shopping trip; a yellow jeep buggy purse and huge triangle earrings.
Singer Elissa on The X Factor
This would have been a really cool look if it didn’t look like Elissa was wearing a fake tail on backwards. Pairing a fairy headpiece with a modern jumpsuit might seem like a misstep, but it actually works.
Singer Salma Aarach
I know I’ve said it before, but Salma realllllly looks like Selena Gomez. She looks like a former Disney star playing dressup here; I think she has a couple more years to go before she can wear red with confidence.
Singer Amal Maher performing at the Ma3an City celebration in Egypt
Amal committed a crime against fashion by pairing beautiful hair and makeup with an ugly gown. The shape is great on her, but I hate black and white stripes unless they’re horizontal on a t-shirt.
Singer Fadwa Al Maki at the Mawazine Music Festival
Donia Samir Ghanem on the X Factor
How is this even possible. How does one even transport a dress like this? How can one possibly move in a dress like this? We can’t ask Donia these questions, unfortunately, because we’ll never be able to find her amongst all this tulle.
Ibtissam Tiskat at the Mawazine Music Festival
Press conferences are a serious matter in the Middle East. The stars actually ditch their gowns, glitter and tulle for boring office-appropriate suits. Ibtissam’s white suit fits her poorly and is basically a prime example of why I loathe, detest and hate office attire.
Singer Dominique Hourani in Dubai, UAE
Somehow I don’t think the theme of this Ramadan event was ‘Medieval European Princess,’ but Dominique doesn’t seem to care how ridiculous she looks. Maybe it’s because her hair and makeup look fit for a princess of any era.
When I see this picture all I see are boobs, glitter and tackiness. Sounds like the Miss World Next Top Model contest better step up its game, or at least bar Diana and her friend from the event next year.